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« on: June 23, 2010, 01:44:18 PM »

Just curious...

And if you do, what do you say while you are in there?
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« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2010, 01:58:18 PM »

Yes, I admit it, I talk to the bees.  To the queen "There you are!" (I don't spot them too often.).  To a recently caught swarm "If you girls don't calm down, I'm going to re-queen you!".  To a persistent guard "Would you just go away?!".  Sometimes I even vocalize the bee's response "Bad Mammal! Bad Mammal!!".
I really don't think they listen, and I really, really don't think they talk back. Really....! grin

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« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2010, 02:28:21 PM »

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Sometimes I swear them loudly when they sting.
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« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2010, 02:41:59 PM »

No, I really just don't have the time for it after chatting with the chickens and rabbits each day.
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« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2010, 02:42:59 PM »

I talk to my bees the entire time I'm in the beeyard.  I tell them what I'm doing and how I think they're doing.  I'm convinced they listen to me, but sadly, never talk back.  And in the long tradition of "telling the bees", I keep them informed of all household activities.
I do know they (and I) would like a break from the heat in Atlanta...
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« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2010, 02:48:45 PM »

I remember when I was 9 or so that my mother would walk out to the hives first thing in the morning and bang on each hive while sternly saying "Get to work!".

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« Reply #6 on: June 23, 2010, 03:10:40 PM »

I stand out front of the hive with a can of RAID and say "MAKE HONEY or ELSE"  grin
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« Reply #7 on: June 23, 2010, 04:19:51 PM »

i would if i thought they cared about what i had to say.  usually i just ask myself "why are they doing that ?"
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« Reply #8 on: June 23, 2010, 05:40:11 PM »

All the time ,no one notius's because there thinking he's nuts sitting by those hives in shorts and shirt.
you know they drink my pop but not my beer ? they dont seem to like the smell.
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« Reply #9 on: June 23, 2010, 06:44:37 PM »

Oh yes.   I admit  I do.  actually, been caught at it several times by others so no point in my denying it.

I talk to them, as well as my dog, as  I do other people. 

What's worse is not when  I talk to them, but when I argue with them.  Then, even my normally eccentricities tolerating wife thinks I'm nuts.

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« Reply #10 on: June 23, 2010, 07:25:48 PM »

"Not the face! Not the face !"  evil
(that was my husband, joking)

Yeah, I talk to the bees, but I also talk to the cats, dogs, geese, ducks, chickens, garden, kids, kids' knotted shoelaces, computers and mainframes that lag and crash.... Smiley Some listen better than others. Some talk back.   

Most colorful conversation I've had lately were with some cheap made in China bendable nails and an errant hammerhead. Rather onesided I'd say, though the nails whined about it when I am pulled them back out. Smiley

Bees, we talk to them, but is more talking to each other about them while we work on the hives. Don't expect a bee to respond to "Get off my hand, please....c'mon, move over there...that's right..."

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« Reply #11 on: June 23, 2010, 10:23:51 PM »

Yes! We absolutely talk to them. The wife got me started, she talks to them and they listen. I talk to them and I hear faint laughter.
I feel like they will come and take me to the loony bin soon based on the testimony of the bees.
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« Reply #12 on: June 23, 2010, 10:40:55 PM »

I do talk to them, but I try to keep it brief, they're pretty busy.
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« Reply #13 on: June 23, 2010, 10:45:40 PM »

Yes, I tell them I am grateful for all they do before I approach them.
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« Reply #14 on: June 24, 2010, 03:23:02 AM »

I talk to them.  But I also talk to my horses, and dogs, and grandkids and all of them listen at about the same level...
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« Reply #15 on: June 24, 2010, 07:12:09 AM »

. I talk to them and I hear faint laughter.
I've heard that laughter! A number of times on hot, humid days, I've tried wearing shorts. Without fail, the bees say "Let's make him dance!" and head directly for the back of my knees. I hear them laughing as I run back to the house to put on some jeans.
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« Reply #16 on: June 24, 2010, 09:01:05 AM »

Thanks, Paynesgrey

I did an actual spit take when I rad your husband's comment.

Great responses everyone.

Keep em' coming.

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« Reply #17 on: June 24, 2010, 09:07:14 AM »

Only when they are really upset; and mostly to calm myself.   Wink
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« Reply #18 on: June 24, 2010, 10:25:37 PM »

I do as I hang out near the hives.  They have yet to answer, however.  Maybe I should try speaking in Italian or Russian.
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« Reply #19 on: June 24, 2010, 11:57:17 PM »

Ya'll are a RIOT!

Thanks for cracking me up!

Tomorrow I'm gearing up and mowing the back yard. I will for sure...be talking to the girls.

Sarita

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